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On behalf of our event Co-Chairs Lauren Pesa and Jamie Davis, we invite you to join us for Resilience's Evening of Impact on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Galleria Marchetti. Evening of Impact will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, music, an inspiring program, one-of-a-kind silent auction, raffle prizes, and more! By supporting Evening of Impact, you support Resilience's mission to empower survivors and end sexual violence. Our services are only made possible thanks to generous supporters like you.

Our theme this year, Resilient Together, honors our community, partners, and supporters who are dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors. It takes every one of us working as a committed, united front to raise awareness, create positive change, and provide the necessary resources for the greater goal of ending sexual violence. Your steadfast support, generosity and engagement help us to prevent sexual violence before it begins and to provide the support necessary to heal those whose lives it has forever changed.  Resilient Together celebrates the combined efforts we all put forth to make a world without sexual violence a reality.


Leila Rahimi is a sports host/anchor and reporter at NBC 5. In addition to anchoring and reporting sports on television, she is the co-host of "Bernstein and Rahimi," 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on 670-AM, "The Score."

Rahimi moved to Chicago in 2015 as a host, anchor and reporter for NBC Sports Chicago. There, she hosted "Baseball Night in Chicago," "White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live," "Cubs Pregame and Postgame Live," and their nightly news shows.  Rahimi also served as a courtside reporter for the Chicago Bulls. Additionally, she was the rinkside reporter in 2018 for NBC's broadcast of the 2018 Winter Olympics, reporting for both the women's and men's hockey tournaments.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Rahimi held similar roles at NBC Sports Philadelphia and CSN Houston. She also served as a host at MLB Network, anchoring their Strike Zone channel. Additional in-game reporting roles include the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, NBC's broadcast of the Bowlero Elite Series, Conference USA football, Big 12 Baseball, and Texas High School Football.

Rahimi worked at local news affiliates in Austin, Sherman and Tyler, Texas, as a multi-platform journalist, reporting and anchoring news and sports in various roles.

Rahimi is a native Texan, having graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas.


The Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the movement to end sexual violence. The award is named in honor of our late founder, Dr. Natalie A. Stephens, who, together with ten medical and nursing students, founded Rape Victim Advocates in 1974. Resilience is honored to celebrate survivor, activist, advocate, lobbyist, nurse, and mother Brenda Tracy at Evening of Impact.

Brenda travels the country speaking to university students, athletes, and various organizations to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and to share her story of courage, hope, and resilience.

Learn more about Brenda here.

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Thank you so much to our sponsors!  Are you interested in sponsoring Evening of Impact?  Click here for more information.

Luminary Sponsor

Leader Sponsor



Eugene Halleran

Sarah Wallace


Benefactor Sponsor

Core Spaces

Protiviti Logo


Jonathan & Becky Center

Jamie Davis

Christine & Mark Evans

Cindy Koerner

Kate Meyer

Kate Migon

Lauren Pesa

Katherine & Laird Stabler


Partner Sponsor

Gary & Vicki Pines


Ambassador Sponsor

Mark & Laura Cohen

Kyle & Sara Hodgkins

Swathi Mothkur

Host Committee

Lauren Pesa, Co-Chair (Board President)
Jamie Davis, Co-Chair
Lucero Castellanos (Board Member)
Sarah King (Associate Board President)
Cindy Koerner
Bobby Mannis (Associate Board Member)
Swathi Mothkur (Board Member)
Katherine Stabler
Sarah Wallace (Board Member)

Silent Auction Committee

Jennifer Zale, Chair
Stephanie Brown
Cara Hare
Farrah Malik
Nicki Schiller
Naomi Thornton


The Evening of Impact is Resilience's largest annual gathering inviting donors, partners, friends, and allies to celebrate our impact in the lives of survivors and our continued work to create a world free of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Proceeds from the evening go toward supporting Resilience's programs and services, helping to ensure that survivors and their communities continue to have access to vital resources and a place to heal.

For more information: please contact Amy O'Keeffe, Director of Development.

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